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Dave Howard has been on the New England  traditional music scene since the 1960s, a member of many bands in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and New York. He plays guitar and mandolin and sings beautifully,  reconnecting music with its old time sources.

Dave’s talent as both an instrumentalist and a vocalist keep him in constant demand, and in addition to Please & Thank You Stringband, he performs with North by Northeast , The Rick Lee Trio, and Lazy Aces.

Dave has played and taught at the Philadelphia Folk Festival, Mandolin Camp North, Banjo Camp North, Pinewoods Music & Dance Camp, Eisteddfud, The Park Slope Jamboree and many other venues from Maine to California. He is a veteran of dozens of recordings including his latest release, Southern Schoolhouse Rascals. He is currently recording his first solo project.

Bill Walach’s eclectic tastes and wide ranging interests define a broad spectrum of performance possibilities for the mandolin. He performs both folk music and his original jazz compositions solo, with duos, trios, or with his own Electric Sextet.

His collaboration with Will Welling on an original score for “Tom Dula”, a ballet choreographed to folk orchestra sounds, has been performed throughout the U.S., Latin America and in China. In June of 2006, the Ellington Connecticut High School Concert Band performed “New England Dance” composed for them by Bill Walach and commissioned by the Ellington Arts Council.

A resident of Connecticut, Walach continues to compose, to perform new works and to stretch the boundaries within which audiences of all ages can enjoy the music of the mandolin

Will Welling is a master fiddler who grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut. He plays many instruments but his primary instrument is the violin. Will was the fiddler in Coster, Welling and Walach, a successful folk-rock trio who played coffeehouses and clubs in the northeast during the early to mid 1970s. He is the author of Welling's Hartford Tunebook, published in 1974 and still in print, and with Bill Walach, co-authored music for the Hartford Ballet Company's production, "Tom Dula" (1976).

Will designed and built the beautiful, acoustic-sounding electric violin which he plays for concerts and dances. In 2004 he recorded a collection of original pieces entitled "Insect Chorus," a music CD to accompany his brother James' photography show, "Agricultural Works." Will plays fiddle in the Please and Thank-You String Band, whose members have made music together and separately in Connecticut since the mid-sixties.